Dawn Olive has been admitted to the Neuro ICU due to Guillian Barre Syndrome that appeared less than 2 weeks post Covid-19 illness. She is currently paralyzed from the chest down. Although she has use of her arms, she has facial weakness, slurred speech and a feeding tube. All of this while she is less than 21 days post Covid so she can only have one visitor per day for 1 hour.
Im sure all of us can imagine how devastating this is, from an emotional standpoint, even for such a power house like Dawn.
I met Dawn approximately 15 years ago and she has always made me laugh and smile and I have admired her strength and compassion as a nurse and more importantly as a mother. Her son, Jacob Lee, is 16 years old and I feel certain he is suffering right now without his mother at home. Dawn has been an RN for 25 years she has worked at the Johnston Health UNC emergency department For 12 years. I have seen her multiple times where she has discussed the hardships working in the emergency room on the weekends during the pandemic. She’s always reminded me to be cautious in my own work and I have felt her pain as she has seen others suffer this horrific illness. Dawn had also joined the school system a few years ago as a nurse in order to be available to her son while he completes high school. She is a Johnston county native and an animal lover, especially for horses.
I know she wants to get back home to her family and well again so that she can enjoy her life as she knows it. I hope that you will join in this campaign to support her while she fights for recovery!
Right now the prognosis is that it may be up to six months before she is able to walk. I believe this will be a quicker recovery knowing Dawn, however, she is going to need some financial assistance in order to focus on nothing more than rehabilitation!
If you know Dawn, you know that she is nobody to “mess with” but she is also the most loving kind person that would do just about anything for someone in need …so now I believe it is our turn to help her.
Join me in this effort for my friend, fellow nurse, and mother.